Kiowa woman injured in wreck, other driver cited for revoked license, going left of center

• Pet Passengers – one had treatable injuries – the other ran away but was found uninjured


October 4, 2023

Photo of the pickup Ann Walz from Kiowa, Kansas, was driving when involved in a two-vehicle wreck west of Anthony, Kansas.

A two-vehicle accident occurred when the driver's side front corner of both vehicles collided as a Wichita, Kansas, man went left of center that caused injury to him and the woman he hit.

The accident happened Friday, Sept. 22, about 10:25 p.m., approximately eight miles west of Anthony, Kansas. This was on KS-2 at the corner of west NW 80 Avenue, which is known as the Waldron Road.

The Newsgram is just able to report the accident this week as the Harper County Sheriff's Deputy who worked the accident didn't have his report finished by the newspaper deadline a week ago Tuesday.

This Monday Harper County Sheriff's Department Sergeant Melanie Miller returned our calls to their office and provided the accident report.

Miller said Vehicle 1 was a 2010 Toyota Tacoma driven by Ann Walz, 39 of Kiowa, Kan. She was westbound on K2.

Vehicle 2 was a 2022 Jeep Compass driven by Sean Jones, 46 of Wichita, the sergeant said. Jones was eastbound. Miller said Jone's Jeep "crossed the center line and the front corner of both vehicles were impacted."

Miller confirmed that Jones was issued a citation for driving on a revoked drivers license and driving left of center.

Both Walz and Jones were taken by ambulance to the Patterson Health Center, located just north of Chaparral High School between Anthony and Harper. Miller said the two were released later in the night.

A few days after the wreck, Walz' mother shared some details about her daughter's injuries and what happened with the Newsgram. "Ann had no facial injuries, but her chest was real sore from the air bag and seatbelt. Her left foot, knee and hip were injured." She explained Ann's injuries came when the vehicles hit headlight to headlight and shredded the truck from the engine to the back door – smashing the driver's door into the console. Glass was everywhere – all the windows were broken except the one in the back.

Walz had her two dogs in the car with her when the wreck occurred. The large Boxer mix, Crystal Ball, had many cuts but is on the mend. The new little puppy, a beagle named Axle, was obviously scared and ran from the scene. A large search party scoured the area and a farmer driving down KS-2 saw an uninjured Axle running in a ditch a couple days later. The good news is all are home recovering.

The Harper County Sheriff's Department worked the accident. They were assisted by the KHP, Anthony Fire Department, Anthony Police Department and Harper County EMS.


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